India gets yet another snub from the top international agency over Occupied Kashmir lockdown
NEW DELHI - India gets yet another snub from the top international agency over Occupied Kashmir conflict, media has reported.
The global watchdog, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked India to release political prisoners, end crackdown operations and restore internet and mobile services in occupied Kashmir.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the HRW South Asia Director, Meenakshi Ganguly in a statement issued on the website of the organization said that it had been over two months since the Indian government revoked constitutional autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two union territories, yet abusive restrictions including a lockdown on internet and mobile phone services remained in place.
HRW South Asia Director said, numerous foreign leaders have expressed concern over the government’s continued detention of Kashmiri leaders and anyone deemed likely to protest, use of torture, restrictions on movement enforced by a massive military presence, and problems in accessing public services, including emergency medical care.
“India has said that the restrictions have saved lives and maintained order. But fear of arbitrary arrests and shootings by Indian forces has left the Kashmir valley full of shuttered shops and empty classrooms.
The authorities have blocked visits by diplomats, international journalists, Indian activists, and opposition politicians,” she pointed out.